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Weird Revelation: Why does Period Blood Stink?

You have always wondered each month - and probably thought there was something amiss about why period blood smells so... weird and unlike regular blood - now, we've got the answers.

Period blood isn't all blood
Menstrual fluid is filled with bacteria, vaginal mucus, and tissue (you know, since you're shedding the lining of your uterus.) 

How strong the odor is depends on how long the blood is in your uterus. 
So Many Questions: Why Period Blood Stinks? 

It shouldn't smell fishy
"When you're bleeding, you retain moisture in the vagina," says Dr. Shirazian. This could lead to "secondary vaginal infections like bacterial vaginosis, which has a strong, fishy odor." 

BV is caused by changes in the amount of certain types of bacteria in your vagina, according to Womenshealth.gov. It's not an STI, but it can raise your risk of getting an STI. 

It's treatable with antibiotics, so make sure to check with your doctor. Dr. Shirazian recommends keeping everything as dry as possible down there, so change pads, tampons, and menstrual cups often.

Douching can make odor worse
Don't worry about normal vagina odors, period blood, or discharge, and do not ever douche.

Douching can actually cause infections, like BV, and is associated with higher rates of pelvic inflammatory disease. Just wash with mild, scent-free soap or water, and you'll be fine. - Cosmo Magazine 

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